Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours bring the party to The Palms on Saturday, March 30

McClain’s good-humoredly audacious performance style is a hallmark of his shows.
Antsy McClain (center) & The Trailer Park Troubadours will bring their rollicking show to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Saturday, March 30. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $25 ($20 students). Photo by Kate Laddish

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Musician and humorist Antsy McClain is known for his entertaining stage presence, witty songs and energetic performances. McClain and his band, The Trailer Park Troubadours, will return to The Palms Playhouse at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Tickets are $25 ($20 with student ID). The titles of McClain’s songs give a glimpse into the lay of the land. The up-tempo “It Ain’t Home ‘Til You Take the Wheels Off” is celebratory country rock. “Wreck of the Bookmobile” and “Cubic Zirconium in the Rough” are touching ballads with punch lines that zing all the more for the music’s patina of earnestness. Whether he’s leading the Troubs in uptempo crowd-pleasers or playing more introspective songs like “Primer Grey Impala” and “Field Trip” solo, McClain keeps audiences engaged. McClain’s good-humoredly audacious performance style is a hallmark of his shows. Unlike many funnymen, McClain aims to mix in some serious songs without losing the flow. He can ramp things up, take it down to a bubbling simmer, and then back to a rollicking boil. He describes this blend as “humor with heart.” Able to turn on a dime and follow each others’ impromptu leads, Trailer Park Troubadours are a tight band – however much their garish polyester attire might lead you to think otherwise at first glance. Nashville-based McClain, who’s been playing The Palms since the days of “the old barn” in Davis, has a soft spot for the club and recorded a live album there a few years back. “We kept talking about this show or that show at The Palms,” said McClain, “and it was obvious that this is a favorite venue – not just for me, but for everyone in the band. So when we decided to do another live album, we wanted to do it at The Palms.  “The Palms has this cozy, intimate vibe, especially when you load the stage with six or seven guys. But there is just something that happens there. The audiences are always great. It always feels like a family reunion when we come back.” McClain has released 15 albums in the last 25 years. His newest, 2017’s solo release “Under the Light of a Quarter Moon,” has introspective, lushly-produced songs written and recorded during what he called “the most prolific, creative growth spurt of (his) life.” His previous album, “Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads,” is mostly populated with upbeat mid-tempo originals. That album features his long-time band but billed as “the Troubs” to reflect McClain’s move as a songwriter to a broader scope of material. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online at The Palms’ website and via Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and unhitched.com.]]>

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